The Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill (FACAAB) opposed the reported move for 25 per cent re-verification and insist that only a minor re-verification be undertaken, if it is necessary, in an atmosphere of peace and transparency.
In a statement issued on September 28, the FACAAB leadership said that though recent media reports of the Delhi visit of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hinted the discussion on the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, sources indicated that the main agenda was to ensure centre’s support to the state government’s demand for 25 per cent re-verification of NRC.
“While it is possible that the final version is not without some errors, such large-scale verification after an expenditure of Rs 1600 crore and unrelenting work of 55,000 employees seems to be quite undesirable. If such reports are correct, it will upset multitudes who had taken great pains to get their names on the rolls and may cause huge discontent. The usual provocations by communal elements of various hues may lead to serious social disturbance. The intention then is certainly not to ensure peace and harmony, but the contrary,” the statement signed by its chairperson Hiren Gohain and convenor Manjit Mahanta, said.
Former NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela, who had seen the work through, stated to the Supreme Court that 27 per cent verification has already been done before publication of the final edition of the NRC. It is important to bear in mind that this was the revised final version of an earlier draft NRC, they said.